Food is essential. No matter how much you work out, if you are not eating the right foods, you will not lose weight. Diet and exercise go hand in hand when it comes to weight loss. And when I say diet, I am not meaning for anyone to go on a diet. Diets do not work. I will state that for a fact.
You might have read earlier in this blog that I was attempting to try Whole30 and wonder where I am with that as we come to September’s close. I did not fail the Whole30 Challenge, I decided to not finish. There were many reasons to not finish; none of which were because I think the program is wrong. I wholeheartedly believe in the program and would recommend it to anyone and would recommend it when I start training my own people.
I believe that whole, natural food is the way to go. I believe you should eat high veggies, quality proteins, and good fats. Did you see, there were no carbs? As a diabetic, my goal is always no carbohydrates that come from processed foods. Essentially, no breads, tortillas, etc. If you were to read the book, “It Starts with Food” by Melissa Urban, you will understand that your body will get all the carbohydrates it needs to run your body from veggies.
The entire basis of the program, Whole30 is more of an elimination diet in order to find out what your trigger foods are that cause issues like high blood pressure, inflammation, high blood sugars, etc. It also helps you rid your body of the toxins that are in processed foods that cause unhealthy cravings, and clears your digestive tract to begin working in its normal fashion.
So why did I quit?
One is because I already know my triggers, which I found out last year after coming out of the hospital and essentially doing a Whole30 without the program. I began not eating all the junk that put me in the hospital, and I lost about 15lbs in three months. This is the biggest reason for the quit. With the Whole30 program, you would reintroduce food slowly in order to find out what the triggers are. So essentially, you detox, and let’s say you introduce tortillas back into your diet. If you eat the tortilla and your blood sugar goes up. Guess what? Tortilla is a trigger and you know you can’t eat it.
By reading the book, my eyes became open to what food does and how eating the crap just inhibits more crap. It is like an alcoholic. Food is an addiction. If you give an alcoholic a drink, that drink will lead to another, which would lead to a weekend binge, to missing two weeks of work because you fell off the wagon. Food is the same way when you were born a fat kid. My triggers are carbohydrates. One bag of chips leads to an entire bag of Doritos, which leads to pizza and beer, then I find myself binge eating all day long at work.
Whole food, healthy fats, quality meat, and organic veggies may not sound like an ideal way to eat for most people because they are still thinking about what they CAN’T eat instead of what they can. Is the glass half-full, or half-empty?
I plan on posting a food journal eat week to show you that changing your diet, doesn’t mean go on a diet. Today, I ate scrambled eggs with Hot Chicken (leftovers from last night) for breakfast. Because I ate breakfast late, I ate a bowl of tuna with tomatoes, pickles, and paleo mayo. For dinner, I have two baked pork chops with roasted Brussels sprouts and roasted squash.
Now, my trainer will say I didn’t eat enough calories today but a quick count was about 1400 calories with my macros at 59% fat, 25% protein, and 16% carbs. BUT when those fats are healthy fats, and when those carbs are healthy carbs, I am doing it right. This is why I do not believe in calorie counting per se. If you eat the right kind of food in the correct manner, everything else will fall in line.
All of my food was healthy. I feel full. And there were a lot of flavors. I didn’t eat salad and cottage cheese. It isn’t about depriving you of food to lose weight, it’s about developing a better relationship with the food you eat. Once you develop that relationship, you can go out to eat with friends and try that new restaurant that just opened up. You don’t need to feel guilty because you know there are 21 meals a week; when you can say, 20 of those meals are whole and nutritious, that one meal doesn’t seem that evil.